Social issues

Guatemalan farm hands on their way to work in Mexican fields from Guatemala toward Frontera Hidalgo, Mexico, Thursday, June 13, 2019. The Suchiate cuts a winding north-south course en route to the Pacific Ocean, the westernmost part of Mexico’s expansive southern frontier with Guatemala and Belize. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
June 13, 2019 - 11:15 pm
FRONTERA HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — It was still dark when the first Guatemalan farm worker walked ashore in Mexico early Thursday, just the bottoms of his shorts damp from the shallow ford of the Suchiate River. As the sky brightened, another man drove a big blue tractor across the muddy waters to...
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FILE - In this March 27, 2019 file photo, a woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., north of New York City. On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, federal health officials updated the U.S. measles case count, saying 1,001 illnesses have been reported since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
June 13, 2019 - 6:43 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated a religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, following a trend of states trying to clamp down on opt-outs in the face of its worst measles outbreak in decades . The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to repeal the...
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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, left, and Hawaii Gov. David Ige listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with governors on "workforce freedom and mobility" in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 13, 2019 - 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. The U.S. Office of...
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This Monday, June 10, 2019, photo shows the Big Cottonwood Creek, in the Big Cottonwood canyon, near Salt Lake City. The summer's melting snowpack is creating raging rivers that are running high, fast and icy cold. The state's snowpack this winter was about 150 percent higher than the historical average and double the previous year, which was the driest on record dating back to 1874, said Brian McInerney, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. Large parts of the Salt Lake City metro area sits near the foothills of the towering Wasatch Range. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
June 13, 2019 - 12:58 pm
DENVER (AP) — A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern U.S., fending off a water shortage but threatening to push rivers over their banks. Last winter brought above-average snowfall to much of Colorado, Utah and...
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FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, June 12, 2019, riot police try to disperse protesters with fire tear gas outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have resorted to harsher-than-usual tactics to suppress protesters this week in the city’s most violent turmoil in decades. Police fired rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the crowds, weapons that have not been widely used in recent history. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
June 13, 2019 - 11:36 am
Hong Kong police resorted to harsher-than-usual tactics to suppress protesters this week in the city's biggest bout of political violence in decades. Police fired rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the crowds, weapons they haven't widely used in recent history. Human rights groups criticized the...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2017 file photo, Jessica Biel attends the screening of "The Sinner," during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, at SVA Theatre in New York. Biel says she’s not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The actress has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice concerns about the measure. Biel posted on Instagram that she supports children getting vaccinated and she also supports families having the “right to make educated medical decisions for their children alongside their physicians.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
June 13, 2019 - 9:57 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Jessica Biel says she's not opposed to vaccinations, but she does not support a bill in California that would limit medical exemptions. The 37-year-old has drawn criticism after appearing this week in Sacramento with vaccination skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to voice...
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June 13, 2019 - 8:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal have tarnished the reputation of the Holy See's diplomatic corps. Francis told envoys they may have reservations about papal...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade. Jackson Lee, the resolution's new sponsor, pushed for the hearings, scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 13, 2019 - 7:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil...
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In this May 13, 2019, photo, Bella the vervet monkey looks at the camera at Primates Inc., in Westfield, Wis. Besides Bella, previously a pet, the sanctuary has five rhesus macaque monkeys that were previously used in medical research. More research labs are retiring primates to sanctuaries like Primates Inc., a 17-acre rural compound in central Wisconsin, where they can live their remaining years after research studies are done, according to sanctuaries and researchers. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
June 13, 2019 - 7:45 am
WESTFIELD, Wis. (AP) — Izzle, Timon, Batman, River and Mars spent years confined inside a lab, their lives devoted to being tested for the benefit of human health. But these rhesus macaques have paid their dues and are now living in retirement — in larger enclosures that let them venture outside,...
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June 12, 2019 - 11:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill next week with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The House hasn't held a hearing on reparations since 2007. The longtime Michigan Democratic congressman John Conyers...
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